CHARLESTON -- Police say they used tracks in the snow to locate a man and arrest him for having drug items and being wanted in another state.

Coles County sheriff's deputies first had contact with Steven D. Cannon after investigating a vehicle parked on a rural road, when they say he and a woman both lied to them about Cannon's identity.

Cannon, 22, of West Siloam Springs, Okla., and Julia A. Williams, 31, of Charleston were located in the parked vehicle just north of Mattoon on Thursday, according to a news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy suspected the two provided false information about Cannon's identity but couldn't remain at the scene because of another call, the release said.

Deputies later contacted Oklahoma authorities to confirm Cannon's identity and learned he was wanted in that state, according to the release.

On Saturday, officers went to the residence at 530 Reynolds Drive, Charleston, the two provided on Thursday, it also said.

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Williams was located there and admitted she and Cannon lied about his identity and, after she consented to a search, officers found marijuana plants, syringes and other drug-related items, the release said.

Footprints in the snow outside the Reynolds Drive location led police through a wooded area and farm fields, then to a Charleston apartment where Cannon was located and arrested without incident, according to the release.

It said officers with Charleston, Oakland and Eastern Illinois University police helped with the search.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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